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Parks and nature in Nashville

Top parks

Other Great Outdoors
“Shelby Bottoms Nature Center at one end of the Greenway will connect you to the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge on this 3 mile trek. Bring your walking shoes, bicycle or skates!”
  • 230 locals recommend
Garden
“Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and historic estate in Nashville, featuring art galleries, seasonal festivals and breathtaking wedding venues.”
  • 204 locals recommend
Park
“Located about 30 minutes south of East Nashville (without traffic), Percy and Edwin Warner Parks span 3,200 acres of beautiful wooded hills, open meadows, and bubbling streams, and includes 16.75 miles of hiking trails. We like the 4.5 mile Mossy Ridge Trail or the 2.5 mile Warner Woods Trail. This is a park close to the city, so you will see lots of other hikers on these trails, especially on the weekends. We prefer this park in the fall. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Park
“Nice grassy park with Nashville's very own Parthenon, definitely check it out to see the gleaming gold statue of the goddess Athena. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Take a stroll around Radnor Lake or take one of their more difficult trails. Lots of wildlife to see!”
  • 192 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy a walk in the park! If you’re there early, tour the Parthenon in the center of the park!”
  • 195 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Take a stroll, have lunch at the Farmer's Market and learn about Tennessee.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Park
“Pretty park on the Cumberland River- splash pad for the kids and elevator to Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge for beautiful views of the city”
  • 51 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“This is must see for families. There are several play areas at this little park for all ages/abilities. In the center of the park is a sculpture of a dragon that was built by Pedro Silva and decorated by local artists and Nashville volunteers. It is wonderful to climb on and great for family pictures. Fannie Mae Dees Park is often referred to as “Dragon Park,” thanks to Pedro Silva’s sea serpent which was erected in the 70s, and features hundreds of personal designs–including faces, birds, alien creatures, flowers and animals–all made of cut or chipped tiles painted by local artists. Over several months in 1999 (and once again restored recently), neighborhood volunteers gave the beloved reptile much-needed repairs and polish, making him as handsome–and climbable–as ever.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Playground
“This is a great large park in East Nashville. It has playgrounds, a dog park, baseball fields, 2 golf courses, a boat ramp, and walking paths. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“When all you need is a modest, sunny stretch of grass nearby. Playground and small gym ($3/workout).”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
“Walking trail, children's play area, live music on Friday nights in summertime.”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Surf Spot
“Paddleboarding? You bet! Get out on that big lake (note: Percy Priest lake is 26.2 square miles!) and have some fun!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beach
  • 2 locals recommend
Beach
  • 2 locals recommend

Trails

State / Provincial Park
“Take a stroll around Radnor Lake or take one of their more difficult trails. Lots of wildlife to see!”
  • 192 locals recommend
Trail
“Enjoy this 3 mile paved loop that takes you through the woods, over bridges and by a playground. Enter the greenway at 51st avenue and Wyoming Avenue. There are hills!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Trail
“Great place to see lots of deer and wild turkey. Also great for walking, running, or biking. There is also a remote control airstrip and it is pretty cool to go watch people fly there planes. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“If nature is your thing, take a short drive from us to Beaman Park. We like going in the back way (message me and I'll help you figure this out) and walking along or even in the creek. It always feels easily 10-15 degrees cooler there in the summers with a full canopy. You don't even need your sunscreen. My kids love how much wildlife we see when there --- snakes, crayfish, unique bugs, butterflies, etc. It's a great place to kill some time connecting with nature between your honky tonk fun. ;-) Oh and no $$ necessary, not even to park. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“4-mile moderate, scenic, loop hike. Follow Volunteer Trail a half mile through the woods and pick up at the Day Loop Trail, which skirts the shoreline of Percy Priest Lake. Circle around to a high bluff and enjoy stunning lake views before reaching a quiet cove that was once settled. Ramble over a hill filled with tall oaks, then backtrack a half mile to finish the hike. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“This Greenway has a 2.5(ish) mile loop that's perfect for stretching your legs.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,368-acre park. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities. The park has more than six miles of trails and is strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation.”
  • 1 local recommends
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